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|The Portent #1|
Writer and artist Peter Bergting has embarked upon a sequential tale
that could be something great in the making. The first issue of The Portent
introduces readers to a young warrior named Milo, who seems to be on a
mission which has lead him to an all-but-deserted city. Though his
motivations remain unrevealed in this issue, a group of "seers" has foretold
his coming as a hero who would deliver them from danger. And, indeed, by
issue's end, the danger has been revealed, both in the form of an ancient
evil awoken, and a dark army poised to kill and destroy.
Like I said, a great beginning. Bergting sets a wonderfully ominous tone with this book, as the reader is given the feeling that everything is about to break loose. He also instills Milo with plenty of mystery, yet manages to make him an interesting character. I can't wait to find out what HIS motive was for engaging the forces of darkness.
Bergting's art is equally pleasing. With a flair for the dramatic, not to mention the "spooky", his heavy use of blacks and greys is far from boring, lending a sense of mood which works hand-in-hand with his writing to make this one of the best beginnings of a fantasy tale I've seen in a while. I am now eagerly awaiting the second issue.
The Portent #1, published by Image Comics, 28 pages, $2.99. Recommended for all but the youngest readers. Find it at comics shops and online retailers and auctions.
Review by Mark Allen
This mini-review is a "shout-out" of sorts to the worth-while site, savespidergirl.com. With a crash course on who Spider-Girl is, the character's history with Marvel, (including a scrapped-before-it-was-tried marketing plan through retail giant Wal-Mart) testimonials of the comic by industry professionals, a message board and much more, this is both a chronicle of comics history in the making, as well as an effort to save a worthwhile publication which could bring in new, younger readers.
Check it out.
Review by Mark Allen
|Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini|
Once a celebrated author, Rafael Sabatini is virtually unknown today.
Even his tales of the pirate Captain Blood, 'immortalized' in motion
pictures by actor Errol Flynn, are slipping into obscurity. If nothing else,
Sabatini is proof positive that fame is fleeting.
The 13th volume in the Graphic Classics series of literature adapted into comics is proof that it shouldn't be fleeting. Sabatini wrote high adventure, supernatural, and other genres tales in novels, short stories, and poetry. They are deserving of praise.
My favorite art in this collection is by Gerry Alanguilan. The best story is every story; Sabatini was talented, and these terse adaptations of his work are entertaining and worth your attention.
Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini/ 141 pgs. & $11.95 from Eureka
Review by Michael Vance
|Superman Family #173|
They were different.
In general, comic books predating the 1980s were story rather than character driven, and were created for an audience of young readers around the age of ten. Indeed, Superman Family almost seems silly compared to today's character driven, hard-edged, and even grim titles.
Reading an issue for the first time in thirty years was refreshing.
"Superman's pal" Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl, Lois Lane and Superdog are the
featured cast. Inside, Jimmy becomes a superhero, Supergirl marries the man
who destroyed her home planet, Suberdog saves Superboy, and Lois Lane
becomes a series of super-bugs. No one is killed, no one is a drug addict,
and life doesn't stink. No kidding.
Couldn't we get a few optimistic titles back on today's market? Pretty please!
Superman Family #173 /50 pgs. DC Comics/various artists and writers/sold at comics shops and on-line auctions. Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection (OCC) Hall of Fame member E. Nelson Bridwell and OCC Associate Kurt Schaffenberger produced the Lois Lane "Super Bug" story. Recommended.
Review by Michael Vance
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